Adapted from the 1925 novel of the same name, the story follows Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as a primary character & narrator. Within the opening scene Carraway begins to recount his meeting of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) & his story. Carraway moves into a Long Island,NY country house, living next door to Jay Gatsby & near his sister Daisy (Carey Mulligan) living with her husband Tom (Joel Edgerton). Gatsby throws wild party’s often at his large home, which Carraway is invited to one night. Carraway despite living next to Gatsby, had never met him prior to being invited to his house. Upon meeting him Carraway forms a friendship with Gatsby. Gatsby them informs Carraway of why he throws wild party’s & lives where he does. The two become very involved within Daisy & Tom,s life while trying to recreate the past.
Directer Baz Luhrmann brings this classic novel to the screen with a very vibrant color scheme, at some points even making the film look very CG heavy & fake. In regards to the acting Dicaprio is the stand out performance here, Mulligan is in one of her better roles & suits this style of character well. Maguire is not bad as the narrator & secondary lead, at times everyone seems to be a little over the top, but nothing extremely of putting. The story set within the 1920s is interesting for the most part, along with the interaction between Dicaprio & Mulligan. The soundtrack used in mixed bag also, there is lots of modern music some of which just does not fit with the time period setting. The film at 2 hrs 20 Minutes is overly long & could have been cut down somewhat.
Overall The Great Gatsby is in general a very mixed bag of a film. It has an interesting story & good actors, while the CG in overused often & the film is to long.